FORT LAUDERDALE (February 8) — In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) partnered with Mount Olive Development Corporation in Fort Lauderdale to present the Keep The Promise (KTP) Concert & March to create greater awareness of the impact of HIV/AIDS in Broward and Miami-Dade counties and encourage the community to answer the “call to action” in addressing the rising HIV/AIDS epidemic.
The Keep the Promise Concert & March was held on Tuesday, February 7th at 6:00pm and featured a short march from New Hope Baptist Church, located at 1321 NW 6th St., to New Mt. Olive Baptist Church, located at 400 NW 9th Avenue. The march was followed by a moderated community conversation on how stigma and judgment encourages the spread of HIV/AIDS and the role of the faith community in fighting the epidemic. Award-winning gospel artists Yolanda Adams and Erica Campbell of gospel duo Mary Mary performed live following the discussion.
The Keep the Promise Concert & March was free and open to the public.
According to most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), African Americans account for 12% of the U.S. population, but account for 45% of new HIV cases across the United States. Florida ranks #1 in the nation of newly diagnosed HIV cases with Miami/Dade and Broward counties ranking top in the state of newly diagnosed HIV cases.
“The HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to have devastating impact on the South Florida community and specifically among African Americans,” said Michael Kahane, AHF Southern Bureau Chief. “We are pleased to continue our partnership with Mount Olive Development Corporation in presenting the Keep the Promise Concert & March on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness day to serve as a potent reminder to our local leaders and neighbors that the fight against HIV/AIDS continues. It’s essential that the faith community plays a critical and visible role in helping to reduce stigma and judgment towards those impacted by the disease.”
Created by AHF, the “Keep the Promise” (KTP) campaign brings together local and national advocates along with spiritual and political leaders to remind elected officials and the community-at-large that the fight against HIV/AIDS and for other social justice issues is not yet won.
The Fort Lauderdale ‘Keep the Promise’ is the seventh in a series of similar KTP events spearheaded by AHF since 2012, with the inaugural event in Washington, DC, in July 2012, followed by KTP events in Atlanta (Nov. 2012); Brooklyn, NY (Apr. 2013), Cleveland, OH (May 2013 and July 2016) and Durban, South Africa (July 2016).
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